Platte River Trail

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Platte River Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake George, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
902 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

forest

river

views

wildlife

Directions from Lake George: Travel northwest 1.2 miles on Highway 24; and then drive North 1.2 mi. on County Road 77. Travel northeast 0.7 miles on Forest Road 112 to the Happy Meadowns Campground entrance. Continue driving past the campground entrance 1 mile to the Platte River Trailhead.

hiking
1 hour ago

Did this last Sunday and again today with my dog. Didn’t run into anyone today and only two couples the previous time.

Not a ton of breathtaking views but a great hike nonetheless. It’s probably borderline easy/moderate. There is some elevation gain on the way out and back. It’s about 2 miles to the river access - beautiful setting!

This will be a go to hike for me and the dogs.

hiking
3 days ago

My son, pup and I had a most wonderful time on this trail today. There was some snow and ice but the majority of the trail was clear. We only saw one couple who was running with their pup. We will most likely come back in the summer

hiking
25 days ago

Nice little 5 mike RT from trailhead. Once you get down to the water there’s many areas to sit and eat a lunch.

I think this trail is rated moderate, which for the rocks on the trail and having to climb over some logs blocking the trail I’d agree. Easy enough for family’s to do.

1 month ago

The weather today was too good to NOT go on a hike! The incline is steep but the majority of the trail is a gradual incline that is very nice. The views of the river are nice as well. it is a low-key hike and there was not much traffic. HUGE drawback which may deter some is there were people across the river staying in the cabins shooting. What should have been a quiet day in the woods with the calming sound of a rushing river turned into holy hell-I hope they are shooting safely and not across the river!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Trip report 9/15/2017. Nice quiet trail in a Ponderosa forest. If you are looking for aspen- this isn't your trail. I think moderate is a fair description- some place were a little tricky for my 70 yr old mother, but otherwise pretty easy. Likely gets packed on the weekend. The had a sign up indicating bear country. Overall, nice trail if you want a walk in the woods. Nice views of the South Platte River.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty good trail, nothing special though.

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful hike even on a hot day. Not busy on a Friday. Only saw six other people on the trail.

11 months ago

We only went in a mile but it was a nice start.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

took the kids and dogs with us. the dogs enjoy it alot. nice hike to go on. we made couple stops.

fishing
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

We went out for an adventure 10/29! We recently moved to CO 3 months ago and wanted to explore!
The hike was a bit strenuous but stumbled upon some beautiful views and once you can hear the river water running while hiking the winding mountains you get a burst of energy and excitement!
We had a wonderful morning about 3miles to the river and of course 3 miles back!

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Good trail with nice views. Fairly easy trail without too much elevation change. That changes once you make it to the river and follow that for about a mile. It then gets pretty technical with no trail at all in some places. Great summer hike along the river. Definitely recommend.

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Agree with all reviews- we hiked from the. Trailhead to the river (approx 2miles) on Saturday evening. Took us 2 .5 hrs to get to the river, enjoy a picnic, and get back for sundown. Trail was moderate but not soberly strenuous. At the river campgrounds, and the rest of the trail looked wonderful! Great colours, scenery and views, we will definetly be back to finish the trail and enjoy the valley again, lovely!!!

hiking
Saturday, February 13, 2016

It was about 60/40 hiking on snow or dirt this time of year. Still very accessible and doable. Recommend gaiters until later into spring.

hiking
Friday, August 15, 2014

The trailhead sign says 3 miles, it was more like 2.3 miles to the river. We didn't see anyone at all on the trail until our return trip. We always like to take a lunch and play in the river in the middle of the hike and again at the end of the hike.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Great trail. The beginning is pretty easy but starting at about 3.5 miles in, the trail becomes more rocky or disappears completely. We made it about 5.5 miles before we decided to turn back and did not make it to Platte Springs, despite what the sign at the beginning of the trail said. There are plenty of pre-established camps along the trail and a lot of fisherman as well.

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